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Braceros Exhibit: Meet the Artists - Jeri Desrochers

Las Cruces, NM - November 12, 2017 - Strong ties to the land and farming that she grew up with have long been reflected in the colorful and textural paintings of Las Cruces artist Jeri Desrochers.

Desrochers began life on a small family-run farm in the Midwest. She loved spending time helping her father in the fields and working with livestock, including training several horses in the local 4-H program. Spending as much time as possible outdoors developed her awareness of the environment, its beauty and its hazards.

"I watched my father struggle through some tough years trying to keep a small farm running and able to support a family" says Desrochers. "I know how hard he had to work and hope to express my deep appreciation for that level of dedication in my paintings." Portraying workers in the fields, Desrochers often finds that people recognize their own relatives, or sometimes even themselves, in the paintings.

Desrochers will be joined by a diverse group of artisans to present "Braceros - Melding History and Art" at the Deming Arts Center. The exhibit explores the story of the Bracero Program which brought workers from Mexico to help feed the United States during the labor shortages of World War II. Millions of workers filled jobs on farms, in factories, dairies and railroads. These stories will be brought to life with Desrochers' paintings, sculptures by Diana LeMarbe, oral and written history by Raymond Cobos and constructions by Richard Boutwell.

"Braceros - Melding History and Art" will open on Saturday, January 6 starting with an oral presentation by Cobos at the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, 301 S Silver Ave. Actors will portray Braceros and tell visitors about their experiences as they make their way to the Deming Art Center, 100 South Gold Avenue. There the stories will be further explored visually with the work of Desrochers, LeMarbe and Boutwell.

The exhibit will run through Saturday, January 30 at the Deming Art Center. For more information contact Diana LeMarbe at 575-544-7708 or Jeri Desrochers at jeri@jerisstudio.com.

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